Archive for July 30th, 2013

Live music, a locavore long table lunch, wood oven pizza, scavenger hunt \ historical walk, old-fashioned games followed by an evening dance featuring Little Bluff.  This is what the Cherry Jubilee was all about this year.

The Long Table lunch started about noon with a delicious lunch coordinated by Athol Rec.  Chair Kato Wake and an enormous crew of volunteers.  The lunch featured sausages from Angelo Bean, Pyramid Ferments Sauerkraut, potatoe salad made by volunteers and a cherry tart made by the Pink Lunch Pail.  80 people enjoyed this wonderful lunch served by volunteers dressed in historical costumes and personas organized by Athol Vice Chair Susan Wallis  with costumes supplied by Carlotta Rutledge of the Mount Tabor playhouse.

At 2:30 pm the old-fashioned games started coordinated again this year by Cherry Valley residents Donna Kaye and Carol King.

History played an important theme throughout the day’s events with a self- guided historical walk and scavenger hunt throughout the village.  Historical characters such as Alva Stephens (aka Brian Conway) and Letitia Youmans (aka Carlotta Rutledge) were seen wandering the small hamlet.  The public was also invited to see for the 1st time on display the ledger of Alva Stephens, a 200 year old artifact.

All this to the back drop of the music by E.Z.  Country South.

The day wrapped up with a rockin’ dance in the hall featuring the local band Little Bluff.

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100 people gathered in the Cherry Valley United Church on Friday night to kick off the Cherry Jubilee weekend with a wonderful concert produced  by Fifth Town Films of Cherry Valley and co-sponsored by the Athol Recreation Committee and the Cherry Valley United Church.

The crowd was mesmerized by the sweet, angelic voice of  Jennifer Castle  singing both old and new songs followed by the surreal sounds of the  duo AroarA featuring songs from their new CD “In the Pines”.

The crowd sipped  on ice tea  from Honey Pie Hives and Herbs  (www.honeypie.ca) brewed with love by Athol Recreation Centre Vice Chair, Susan Wallis and home-baked cookies baked  with even more love by Cherry Vally resident Lesley Hadrill,  The audience enjoyed the performance immensely which was evident by their rowdy insistence on an encore performance by AroarA.

Thank you to Ryan Noth and Tess Girard of Fifth Town Films, Gavin North our sound man and David Colwell  of the Cherry Valley United Church.

We look forward to more of these New Sounds in Old Spaces concert series!

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Cherry vallety concert-3                             Jennifer Castle (above)

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AroarA-   Andrew Whiteman & Ariel Engle.

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AroarA-Andrew Whiteman & Ariel Engle.

Photo credit  Johnny C Y Lam © 2013        www.johnnycylam.com

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